Quit smoking now with the power of Twitter!
Are you ready to quit smoking? Do you also love to text or tweet?
This may be the perfect answer for you! The University of California, Irvine and Stanford are exploring whether Twitter can help people quit smoking in 7 days, and then stay quit, with the help of 90-day small, private Twitter support groups.
Have a craving? Tweet about it. Had a good day? Tweet about it. The more you tweet, the more the others in the group can benefit from and support you. Who knows? You might even make some new friends along the way.
- Free daily messages to help you quit smoking
- Weeks of free nicotine patches and nicotine gum which research shows can help people quit smoking
- Social support from a group of people who are trying to quit smoking too
- A quit smoking buddy
- Accountability for quitting smoking
- Privacy and confidentiality in your Twitter groups
Since this program is designed to explore the social networking benefits of online and mobile peer interaction, no physical location is set for treatment. Participants will be broken up in to 2 groups. Both groups will receive a free 8 week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide via the web to aid them with quitting smoking.
Sign up on our website.
Set a quit date that works for you.
Tweet multiple times a day to your group for 90 days.
Continue being smoke-free!
Participants will receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy including patches and gum/lozenges, will be asked to set a quit date within 7 days of program start, and will be encouraged to use SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide on the web.
Participants will be asked to send multiple messages a day to their Twitter group members for the entire period of the program (90 days). Participants will receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy including patches and gum/lozenges, will be asked to set a quit date within 7 days of program start, and will be encouraged to use to SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide on the web.
Women will be randomly assigned to either a Twitter coed group, Twitter women's only group, or Control group.
*Level of social activity and time commitment will be based on which group the participant is randomly assigned to.
In addition to two screening surveys, participants will be asked to complete surveys at 1, 3, and 6 months into the trial. Each survey will be administered online and will take approximately 2 minutes to complete. Additionally participants may be asked to complete a saliva test at the 3 and 6 month marks. $40 compensation will be provided for each test as well as $15 for the 3 and 6 month follow-up surveys (up to a total of $110).